Forever . . . in motion
Forever…in motion is a health promotion initiative that helps older adults become physically active through volunteer-led physical activity groups.
Promoting physical activity within the older adult community is a key strategy of Forever...in motion. As our older adult population increases so does the impact on our healthcare system. One of the greatest health risks for older adults is sedentary living (WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour, World Health Organization, 2020).
The Forever...in motion Older Adult strategy is to improve and maintain the health of older adults living in the community through support, education, research, partnerships and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The strategy is available to individuals living in seniors’ congregate housing, condominiums or living in their own homes and is primarily offered in congregate housing buildings, churches, day programs and community association programs.
To improve and/or maintain the health of older adults living in the community through education and physical activity.
The primary goals of the Forever...in motion Older Adult strategy are to:
- To facilitate and coordinate programs with a focus on physical activity, falls reduction, injury prevention, balance and education.
- To improve and maintain the health of older adults living in the community.
- To increase access to community based physical activity opportunities for older adults.
- To ensure sustainability of the older adult Forever...in motion programs.
To become a Forever…in motion site you will need a space that can be used to exercise in as well as one or more people that would be interested in being trained as a leader. There is no cost to becoming a Forever...in motion site. Our goal is simply to enable you to offer a safe physical activity program for your group. This can be in a church, senior’s centre, community centre, or senior's congregate housing.
It will be up to your site how many days per week and what time you want to offer your Forever...in motion program. They typically vary from 30 to 60 minutes, one to five days per week. Usually Forever...in motion groups include a cardiovascular, muscular strength, balance and flexibility component.